This is just a quick note to let you know that we (okay, I) have been having a rough month. Between a relocation, medical issues, and other life events, February cannot end soon enough. As such, I am looking forward
While I catch my breath, however, let me remind you about two upcoming events that are pivotal for training for international educators who are stateside.
AACRAO Annual Meeting: April 21-24, 2010 in New Orleans, LA http://www.aacrao.org/neworleans/
Registration for AACRAO’s annual conference is currently open, and the early bird deadline (discount!) is coming up soon: March 5th. I was scheduled to present a session on “Professional Development Possibilities in International Education” based on the chapter that I wrote for the soon-to-be-released AACRAO 2010 International Guide, and update of the 2001 edition of (nearly) the same title, which should debut at the conference. I’m very excited for its release; look for it to updated on the publications page at http://www.aacrao.org/publications/catalog/international.cfm
You can go here to search just for International sessions if you want to peruse their 36 awesome-sounding workshops and sessions related to international education. I am very disappointed that I’m unable to attend this year, but since this is a totally volunteer gig for me, it just wasn’t feasible at this time.
NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo: May 30-June 3, 2010, in Kansas City, MO http://www.nafsa.org/annualconference/default.aspx
NAFSA conference registration begins on March 1st, with an early bird deadline of April 23rd. Assuming everything goes as planned, I am scheduled to co-present a workshop, Focus on Secondary Education: Practical Approaches to Evaluating Credentials around the World, with my great friend, Emily Tse of IERF. We’re both very excited because we think it will give attendees a chance to really understand what to DO with secondary credentials, instead of just learning about equivalents. Since so many workshops and sessions at NAFSA are geared towards Graduate admissions, we hope that this will hit a good niche by being very hands-on, with emphasis on practical applications and not just theoretical information. It should be fun (assuming enough people register for it)! You can get more information online at http://acsearch.nafsa.org/
I’m currently on the editorial board to the NAFSA wRAP-Up Newsletter, and we should release an issue in April or early May about the conference, specifically as it relates to RAP (Recruitment, Admissions, and Preparation) conference information. The conference looks really great, with 6 other RAP-related workshops, 40 RAP-related sessions (!), tons of poster fairs, a networking center, the fabulous Expo Hall, and tons of other stuff!
Okay, I plan to be back providing 2-3 weekly updates on international education changes starting again in March. Thanks for sticking around!